What is EUPOL Afghanistan?

EUPOL Afghanistan (European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan) is a civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission. It has since its establishment in 2007 supported the reform efforts of the Afghan Government in building a civilian police service that operates within an improved rule of law framework and in respect of human rights. The Mission is part of the EU's long-term commitment and contributes to the EU's overall political and strategic objectives in Afghanistan. The Council of the European Union has extended the mandate of EUPOL Afghanistan until 31 December 2016.

EUPOL Afghanistan's support is delivered by its police experts from EU Member States, mainly through advising at the strategic level to the Afghan Ministry of Interior. EUPOL carries out its tasks in a joint effort with the Government and in close coordination with a number of local and international partners.

The EU Council's Political and Security Committee appointed in February 2015 Pia Stjernvall from Finland as the Head of Mission. Stjernvall succeeds Police Commissioner Karl Ake Roghe in the lead of the Mission. Tarmo Miilits (Estonia) serves as the Deputy Head of Mission. The European Union Special Representative in Afghanistan (EUSR), currently Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin, provides the Head Mission with local political guidance.


Who Is Who

Head of Mission
Deputy Head of Mission
Head of MoI Reform Component


Professionalisation and Training Component (ANP)

The main purpose of the ANP (Afghan National Police) Professionalisation and Training Component (Line of Operation 2) is to support the increase of professionalism of ANP. The Component has two Units: Training Unit and Police Unit. Training Unit is has three sections: General Training Command, Police Staff College and Crime Management College. Police Unit includes Investigations and Intel Team and Community and Command Team.

Ministry of Interior Reform Component

The core purpose of the Ministry of Interior Reform Component (Line of Operation 1) is to enhance the institutional reform and capacities within the Ministry of Interior (MoI) relevant for advancing civilian policing. The component supports the development of capabilities of ministerial leadership and senior officials to facilitate both organisational and individual improvement within the MoI and the Afghan National Police (ANP). The Component has three units: Ministry Reform Unit, International Support Coordination Unit and Police MoI Oversight and Accountability Unit. Head of the Ministry of Interior Component is Phillip Haynes.